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Iran MP slams UAE envoy remarks, says tours may be barred

UAE's envoy to US said his country supports military action against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Iran MP slams UAE envoy remarks, says tours may be barred
IRAN FACILITIES: UAE ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said an attack on Iran may be necessary if sanctions fail to halt the country’s nuclear programme. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Iran may bar trips to the UAE after the UAE’s envoy to the US said his country supports military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“I hope the government of the UAE will correct this viewpoint,” said Kazem Jalali, the spokesman for the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, according to the state-run Mehr news agency. The UAE should clarify whether the ambassador’s “foul” comments are government policy, he said.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said an attack on Iran may be necessary if sanctions fail to halt the country’s nuclear program, and said the UAE would be willing to weather a domestic backlash against such military action, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday, citing remarks the UAE diplomat made at an event in Aspen, Colorado.

Jalali said tours to the UAE may be suspended “to guard the reputation of the Iranian people,” as Iranians visiting the country are not being treated well. He said spending by Iranian tourists has helped prevent a worse economic crisis in the UAE and especially Dubai.

The UAE’s central bank asked financial institutions in the federation to freeze 41 bank accounts of Iranian individuals and companies in compliance with United Nations Security Council sanctions passed on June 9, the Emirates Business 24/7 reported on June 28, citing a bank circular. There was no immediate response to a telephone call and an e-mail to the central bank seeking details of the list yesterday.

Masoud Daneshmand, head of the Iran-UAE Chamber of Commerce, said on Tuesday that managers of some companies owned by the Revolutionary Guard Corps had their accounts in the UAE shut down, the state-run Iranian Students News Agency reported.

Iran says its nuclear work is for civilian purposes and has rebuffed UN demands to suspend production of enriched uranium, which can fuel a reactor or form the core of a bomb. (Bloomberg)

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Ivor Nuke 10 years ago

“to guard the reputation of the Iranian people,” The reputation of the Iran is they don't care about anyone else in the world and they beleive they are far superior to the rest of humanity. More hissy fits ain't going to change that perception.